A Look at the Sleepy Seaside Resort in France ​that Changed Coco Chanel’s Life

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Three years after becoming a licensed milliner, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel opened her first fashion boutique in 1913 in Deauville, a tiny resort town in Normandy, France. It was one of the most popular seaside locales of the French Belle Époque, where trends were set and people went to be seen.

It was here the young designer made her grand entrance on the arm of Boy Capel, an English polo player with whom she had begun a secret affair with years earlier. Together they began her journey from hat design to ready-to-wear, with Chanel drawing inspiration from the world around her: the salty and striped uniforms of the fishermen in the sea, the speed of the horses at the racetrack, and the chic women tanning on the sands.

Above, a new video by the house today recalls Deauville as a city of inspiration for the designer, that informed not only her aesthetic (it was there that Chanel first imagined her first silhouettes in jersey) but also timeless sense of beauty. It’s part of an on-going video series from Chanel that looks at destinations that have influenced the house over time.

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